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Sachs, Hans.

Sachs, Hans

(1494 - 1576) German poet and dramatist, by trade a shoemaker, most skillful and famous of the Meistersingers. In addition to his more than four thousand mastersongs, Sachs wrote many poems on moral and religious subjects, the most famous being Die Wittenbergisch Nachtigall ( The Nightingale of Wittenberg, 1523), an allegory in praise of Martin Luther, and an Epitaphium (1546) on Luther's death. His enormous dramatic production includes tragedies on classical, biblical, and medieval subjects, dialogues in defense of Protestantism, and many Shrovetide - plays, a genre which he carried to its highest perfection. He appears as a leading character in Richard Wagner 's opera Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (1868).

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia, 3rd ed.
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Date:Jan 1, 1987
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